This effect is doable in Fireworks too; it just works a little bit differenty. First, the Photoshop term for "layer" should be understood as "object" in Fireworks. The other difference is that Fireworks doesn't allow clicking that far out off-canvas.
One solution is the following:
- First we need to temporarily expand the canvas a little bit upwards, so that there is enough space to apply that huge brush. Make sure that nothing is selected and click the Canvas Size button in the Property Inspector. Add 200 pixels to the current height value, select the bottom middle anchor and click OK. The useable canvas surface should now extend to an additional 200 pixels.
- To make the next step easier, change the canvas color the same as the surrounding non-working area (sample it with the color picker).
- Next, select the Brush tool. Set the color to white, select the Soft Rounded option (if it's not on by default) and enter 600 manually on the Tip Size window. For a really smooth effect, set the Edge to 100.
- Apply the brush the same way as in the original tutorial. Note that a new object is automatically created in the Layers panel, above the rectangle.
- Once the effect looks good on the rectangle, switch back to the Pointer tool (0). Click somewhere off-canvas to make sure that nothing is selected. Bring up the Canvas Size dialog as previously described. Subtract 200 from the height value and make sure that the bottom middle anchor is still selected. Click OK and the canvas returns to the size we started out with, automatically cropping any unnecessary parts of the brush.
- As an additional step, you could now set the blend mode to Overlay as the tutorial suggests.
I hope this helps.
Thankyou very much SiamJai for your help and taking the time to look at it.
I think I get the idea.
Im going to go and give it a try!
You're welcome, Fiona.